Sergio Troncoso, "A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son" (Cinco Puntos Press, 2020)


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A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son (Cinco Puntos Press, 2020) is a collection of linked short stories, which Luis Alberto Urrea called “a world-class collection.” The book won the Kay Cattarulla Award for Best Short Story and the International Latino book Award for Best Collection of Short Stories. Troncoso fills these 13 linked stories with the struggles and triumphs of Mexican/American immigrants or their children who’ve settled in the United States. In a nod to philosophical perspectivism, the view that perception changes according o the viewer’s interpretation, Troncoso presents characters who return again and again, in different situations, from different perspectives.

Sergio Troncoso is an American author of short stories, essays, and novels. He often writes about the United States-Mexico border, immigration, philosophy in literature, families, fatherhood, and crossing cultural, religious, and psychological borders. Currently president of the Texas Institute of Letters, Tronosco is a Fulbright scholar and has served as a judge for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the New Letters Prize for Essays. His work has recently appeared in CNN Opinion, New Letters, The Yale Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Texas Monthly. Previous books include From This Wicked Patch of Dust, which won the Southwest Book Award, and Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, winner of the Bronze Award for Essays from Foreword Reviews. He is also the author of The Nature of Truth and The Last Tortilla and Other Stories. When he is not reading or writing, Troncoso loves to bike and hike in the Litchfield hills (Connecticut). He is always on the lookout for great mozzarella and asadero cheese.

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